Person of Interest "Prisoner's Dilemma" Review: Past, Present, and Prison

Person of Interest S02E12: "Prisoner's Dilemma"


Here's an instrumental version of The Who's "Eminence Front" to listen to while reading.


Guys, last night's Person of Interest. Was. So. Awesome. "Prisoner's Dilemma" was easily the best episode of the season and joins the pantheon of the series' greatest episodes that also includes "Firewall," "Many Happy Returns," "Flesh and Blood," and yeah, I'll say it, "Baby Blue" (for the lulz of course). Except there's a distinct possibility that it could have been even better than those.

This episode was so dense that three-quarters of the way through it, I stood up and gave it a standing ovation because so much had happened that anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours could have passed. "Eminence Front" by The Who started blasting, Reese was walking out of jail, and it just had that feeling of an epic ending. Except it wasn't over yet. And that perfectly encapsulates what this episode accomplished. SO MUCH STUFF was happening at once that undivided attention was mandatory just to keep up. But there was no struggle to keep your eyes fixed on the TV because the density wasn't overwhelming (as the show can be at times). Instead, it was enthralling. So many parts worked together in unison, and the tone was excellent, resulting an episode that all episodes of Person of Interest can learn from. I want to run this episode on repeat on every single television in my house non-stop for the next week. I have an unhealthy appreciation for "Prisoner's Dilemma." It was *gulp* perfect.

If you hang around these parts then you know that last week, my big complaint about the Finch-centric and Reese-less "2πR" was that it was a missed an opportunity to examine who the Finch really is through flashbacks or backstory. That's something that Person of Interest did so well in its first season, but that it's slowed down on in Season 2. "Prisoner's Dilemma" had a similar setup to "2πR" but flipped it; Reese was the main focus and Finch, though integral to the story, mostly chilled in the background while showing off his 1337 hacking skills. But "Prisoner's Dilemma" didn't shy away from flashbacks, allowing us to get to know Reese—and his old partner Kara Stanton—a little bit better. Despite the proliferation of knee-cappings, exploding cars, and throat punches, Person of Interest is never better than when it shines a little light into the dark corners of Reese's past, and it was so sweet to have that back after a long break.

Unlike just about every other single episode of Person of Interest, "Prisoner's Dilemma" wasn't about a number (though the writers found a really fun way to stick it in there; more on that later). It was about getting Reese out of FBI custody. Clueless FBI goon Donnelly tasked Carter to use her experience as a military interrogator to question the four suspects the FBI was holding in hopes of weeding out "The Man in the Suit." And man was it tense! Here were four guys in the custody of the FBI who were all lying about their identities, so it was a game of whose fake alibi could hold up the longest. Suspects were slowly taken away as their true identities surfaced, limiting the options for who the man in the suit could be.

On top of that, Pennsylvania Two (the government dude who wants to clean up lingering evidence connected to the murder of Alicia Corwin) wanted the Man in the Suit dead and knew only that the FBI had four suspects in custody. He speed-dialed his henchman Hersh, who—completely batshit goon that he is—walked into a park and fired his gun in the air so the cops would throw him into the same prison that was holding Reese and the three other suspects. Was it ludicrous? Yes. Was Hersh getting tossed into jail and wandering the prison yard later ready to shank Reese later that afternoon ridiculous? Absolutely. But it was perfectly in bounds for Person of Interest, a series that knows its audience forgives small leaps of believability.

It was walls closing in on Reese, which is how it should be, with Finch maintaining Reese's alibi through pretend offices and MS-Painted legal documents and Elias (ELIAS!) keeping Hersh off Reese in the yard because as it turns out, Elias is one cool dude who knows which slices of bread to keep buttered. And then there was Carter, who had to walk the line between convincingly putting the clamps on Reese to keep Donnelly satisfied and not prodding too much so as to expose Reese.

But the writers didn't waste the situation and instead turned it into one of the most revealing moments of the show. The alibi Finch crafted for Reese was so effective because it's similar to Reese's true past, meaning Reese could simply tell the truth (or close to it) when asked about his life to support his alibi. Carter picked up on this, and curious kitten she is, used the opportunity to learn a bit more about the mysterious man she's been working with. It was riveting television watching this game-within-a-game, and just to keep us off our toes and keep the mystery alive, we're still not actually sure whether the stories Reese told are true. Did we get to know him better, or did we just fall deeper into the mystery? That's the whole point, and the ambiguity is vital to Reese's character and our appreciation of him. IS THIS GUY BATMAN OR WHAT?!?!

But, as they say in infomercials, that's not all! Reese's flashbacks shed light on his dysfunctional partnership with Stanton, and if we weren't sure already, we learned that Stanton makes our psycho ex-girlfriends look completely sane. She's equal in super-spy skill to Reese but just a wee bit wacky and up for total immersion in her role, which may or not mean banging Reese senseless. This woman has all the stability of a can of Dr. Pepper used as a Shake Weight, and in the present time she had revenge on her plate too as she hunted down those responsible for her attempted murder. You know, back in China when the government sent a couple hundred tons of explosives to meet her and Reese at their last-known location in the excellent episode "Matsya Nyaya."

So it was hardly shocking that after appearing in a series of flashbacks throughout "Prisoner's Dilemma," Stanton would show up to free Reese after he was re-captured by Donnelly. BANG BANG a couple slugs in Donnelly's head, and the episode ended with Stanton tranquilizing Reese and hauling him off for who knows what. I probably missed something, because I still don't know exactly what Stanton wants with Reese. Her first priority is with the government jerks that tried to kill the both of them, but she's probably none too pleased with Reese because he's guilty by association and because he never said anything about his orders to kill her. It sets up a third straight episode in which Reese will be held prisoner, but I have no problem with that because the story, which has been dormant for so long, is moving forward fast.

And I haven't even gotten to Fusco, who had the greatest two-minute fractured storyline in television history. Seriously, this guy wasn't even on screen for the length of a commercial break and it was one of the best things ever. Fusco was tasked with helping the episode's person of interest, real-life leggy blonde supermodel Karolina Kurkova, and the amount of trouble he got himself into during his interstitials as Finch checked in with him was hilarious. The first time we saw him, he was complaining about babysitting some number until he saw who it belonged to. Later, he was being maced by the supermodel because she thought he was stalking her. Then he was in the middle of a firefight with Armenian mobsters while bravely protecting her. Finally, he was thanked with a kiss for saving her life and his abbreviated hero's arc was complete. All this while Finch ended every conversation he had with Fusco by hanging up right when Fusco needed help the most. This was Person of Interest embracing its cartoonish side and providing the comedy that it does so well without invading the intensity of the main story.

But where "Prisoner's Dilemma" really impressed was with its ability to use its network of good guys, bad guys, and sorta-good guys to its advantage. The web of villains and heroes the series has been spinning for a season and a half isn't an easy one to navigate, but every time an episode strengthens the network, it becomes easier to understand. We've endured a lot of establishment (Snow! Quinn! Root! Pennsylvania Two! Elias! Stanton! Ingram! Corwin! Donnelly! Simmons!), and now it finally feels like the show can move forward with confidence because all the pieces are firmly in place.

"Prisoner's Dilemma" was as complete an episode of Person of Interest as there's ever been. When the show is at its best, it's entertaining from several different angles. It's intense, whether the intensity comes from action or interrogations. It's expansive, unraveling the complex story and mysteries behind its central characters. And it's damn funny, surprising its audience with self-aware humor that's disarming. "Prisoner's Dilemma" hit all these marks without wasting a second, creating an episode with a forward momentum that could not be stopped by anything. Simply outstanding, and right up there with "Firewall."



NOTES

– Though Fusco's storyline was great, the single funniest part of the episode was Finch armed and ready to bust into prison and break Reese out. It looks like he's gotten a little familiar with the ins and outs of grenade launchers!

– Awwwww, Bear misses his daddy!

– If I'm 'shipping this show, I make Reese and Stanton a couple over Reese and Zoe Morgan. Stanton may be 10 types of crazy, but she's hawwwwt. And their kids would be ass-kicking superstars.

– Carter opened up a bit in the interrogation, talking about her past. Was she telling the truth? Probz.

– I'm really going to miss Donnelly—he's like the bumbling Charlie Brown of the FBI. But it was his time to go, and the series is in no shortage of potential enemies for Reese and Finch.



Follow TV.com writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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The rapport between Carter and Reese during the interrogation scenes were outstanding. If Reese or Carter ever get a serious love interest, it should definitely be one another. Carter/Reese may temporarily be paired with others during the show's tenure but it would be a waste to not eventually capitalize on the hotness that is Careese.
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Wondering if POI will be able to keep Annie Parisse as Kara Stanton now that she's a regular on "The Following" with Kevin Bacon which premiered this week.

Also wondering if we'll see more of the wonderful Enrico Colantoni as Alias now that his 5 year series, "Flashpoint", has ended.
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As if hersh got himself into prison only not to kill reese! then how is he gonna get out? its not prison break!
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His boss is the head of the Office of Special Council. I'm sure he has some way to get him out. But I'd love to think he's stuck there anyway.
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Shipping Careese all the way. you have to be blind not to see the chemistry between these two.
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Best show on tv in 45 years.

Let me get to the point. Really, shipping Reese and Carter is like asking Reese to kill Finch to save that HR cop that's a thorn in Fusco's side. From the very beginning of POI a special relationship is being developed between Carter and Reese that will go much deeper than friendship. With the mystery of the machine and the untold stories of the four key players is a future love connection being woven between Reese and Carter. Which TV drama have you seen where the two lead detectives not ending up together?

There is stiil this taboo in Hollywood if you will about having a solid romance between a black actress and the handsome leading actor, especially of the caliber of a Jim Caviezel. Those who refuse to see that these two will eventually end up together choose not to belive it because Carter is black and Reese is 'A' list material.

Can't wait to see how it all pans out in the end.

And i hope Reese has a bullet with Cara's name on it thus she won't be disappointed when this time he does blow that psycho away.
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That should be shipping Reese and Cara-- not carter in the second sentence.
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Great Review and a Fantastic episode of Person of Interest. I was among those complaining of the lack of Reese in "2 PI R" but this episode was mind blowing with some great performances form Reese and Carter. POI is at its best when delving into his past and focusing the entire episode on the interrogation really did it for me. Finch's Plan B to go gung ho in rescuing John was Hilarious.
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Tim Surette often writes what I think and feel about a show - if it's Fringe or Alphas or Justified or SoA ... or like now, POI. It was perfect, and yes I was ashamed to admit that to myself while watching - because, c'mon its Person of Interest.
And then there are these strange attacks of wussyness for example when he trashes Banshee for no real reason whatsoever. I think this is his deliberate plan to avoid stalking fans.
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The Fusco storyline struck me as a kind of twisted version of the Xander-centric Buffy episode "The Zeppo." And any Buffy comparison is obviously praise of the highest order.
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that's exactly what I said when we was watching this!
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Kara should team up with ROOT. They're both the psychotic hot chick versions of Reese and Finch respectively, it stands to reason they'd make a great team too. And even though they're not currently aware of each other they're hunting the same targets.
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As the producers lamented recently, it is getting more difficult to cast the recurring players because their appearances on POI have made them more marketable. Anne Paresse is in the new midseason Kevin Bacon series, so a story line with Root would be difficult. People like Root and Stanton do not have to trust each other in order to use each other. It then becomes a race of who can kill whom first after the mutual usefulness if over. And that makes things very intriguing.
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That would be "is over." I hate this mobile app.
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These two would kill one another before we had time to blink our eyes just once :p
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They would never trust each other (no honor among thieves) and one would kill the other in short order.
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One of the funniest yet most endearing scenes of the episode was Harold dressed up in a uniform two sizes too big, holding a giant grenade launcher gun thing, looking terrified and completely out of his depth yet still ready to go to battle to save Reese. Now that is what I call loyalty. It is also a wonderful illustration of how far those two characters have come since we were first introduced to them back in the pilot episode. Excellent writing, excellent acting, who could ask for more.
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It was a nice contrast with the scenes from the premier of Reese researching with dusty old books and drawing out link analysis diagrams.
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the "I am going to save my friend no matter what" attitude melted my heart, too:) I just felt like hugging Finch:)
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and you were complaining Tim:) God, while everything goes so exciting, I kinda miss the "number of the day" episodes; with badassery and one-liners.. I was kinda expecting Donally to do sth and man it was too stupid for two very clever people to meet at the very same night, without making sure they were not followed.. of eveything, that bothered me most.. and that last minute appearance of Kara? that was unexpected.. looking at the two week break, I was hoping the "reese and finch" seperation would be over -which will be a total of five episodes this season, yet we will have to wait one more episode for them to unite with each other and Bear:) the dog's reaction to reese's voice was just too cute:)
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btw, another The Wire cast showed up in this episode.

Boris McGiver (Lt Charles Marimow) is the operative named Hersch.
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What more there is to say? Tim mentioned everything I think.

But I can't stress enough how good the episode was. Half way trough the episode I checked whether it was ending, because so much stuff had already happened... It's a rarity to see such a perfect episode. No complaints for me AT ALL.
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what the hell happened to episode ratings? 12 hours ago it was 9.8 with 230+ votes and now its 8.7 with 160+ votes. O.o
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it was 9.8 with 136 votes not 230.
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I did the math. Now it's 167 votes and a 8.7 average. This means that 31 new votes made it drop. These votes needed an average of 6,45 to make this happen.

I do not believe that after 132 votes that made 9.8 happen, the next 31 votes were 6,45 on average. Something is wrong !! I can think of a few options, but all are undesirable. Tv. com, please look into it.
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How could anyone watch that epi and honestly rate it a 6,5? It seems suspicious to me too
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Yes, I've noticed that my review got 6 thumbs down or so, and it was just a short sentence that didn't contain anything controversial. Same thing with the other reviews. Pathetic, why would someone downrate a show they don't watch/like? Unless they have nothing better to do
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there are trolls everywhere who'd be willing to go to the sites of shows they don't watch and just down rate it for kicks. Look at how many of the ratings posts have "thumbs down" clicks. Just sad.
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Yeah, it looked fishy to me too because I was watching the votes and rating myself.
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Hi,

My name is Meemom and I’m an intense emotion, and intimacy junkie. The two characters that give me my fix are Carter and Reese in POI. Their scenes at end of Critical with the dark diner scene, and ‘til Death with its lighthearted, intimate car scene, were great appetizers for this episode, Prisoner’s Dilemma. The situation they were thrown into, the interrogation room in Riker’s, heightened the intensity even more. Carter attempting to play the hard nosed investigator while helping her friend get out of prison. Reese attempting to answers with honesty but innocuously without giving out any real information. Both Donnelly and Finch ratcheting up the game and its intensity for Carter by cutting in on her interrogation. All the while Carter was asking the questions she herself wanted answered. It forced Reese into an intimate discussion about feelings and motivation. (All women should be allowed to arrange this kind of forced discussion with their boyfriends.) Reese had to keep it everything close to the truth, while changing the names, because he had to give them honest reactions that Finch could use to fill in the details.

The more intense things became, the closer it seemed they came to that most intimate zone where everyone else in the world seems to slip away and only the two of them remain. That is awful hard to reach, especially under the stress of prison interrogation, but maybe two people who trust and care deeply for each other could possibly achieve it even under the gaze of the FBI.

Their relationship is not the run of the mill relationship filled with sexual tension that you see on other shows. This is something far deeper. They are bonding emotionally under intense pressure. It is like brothers in arms, the connection made by people fighting together in war, but this is also a relationship between an attractive man and an attractive woman. They will be drawn together at some point and their relationship may graduate. But I doubt that will happen anytime soon. Reese still has to deal with what Kara Stanton did to him.

When watching those Carter and Reese, I not only have to pay attention to the written words spoken, I also have to hear the inflection in their voices, watch their body language and listen for any subtext in their conversation. I lean forward sitting on the edge of my seat. Do either of them pick up on their non verbal communication? They both had to learn to develop those skills in their work. Will they finish each others sentences and communicate without even speaking someday? Who knows, but it’s fun watching them develop this closeness. Will it continue this way? I can see a bump in the road coming soon. But I have a feeling they won’t forget us intense emotion and intimacy junkies forever. In any case, I will be looking forward to my next fix.

Needless to say, this was my absolute favorite episode of POI.
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Spot on!
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One more thing - THANK YOU TV.COM for finally placing Person of Interest in your Top 10 TV Shows on your home page!!! (#8) We noticed!
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Person of Interest used to be #6, and now it's gone down in the rankings despite tons of activity related to it?

The system is rigged!
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The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Maybe if we all keep the pressure on, POI will remain on the top 10 - even top 3...
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Yeah, what the hell is going on? It was in 7th place the last time I checked, and after this spectacular episode there's THREE times as many comments as there are for a usual ep, just on this page.
Not to mention all the POI love showing up in the FTW vs. WTF article and elsewhere. All that should have catapulted it to the top 5, but right now it's at number 9. It's an outrage. I expect this to be fixed right away.
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Perhaps because fan reviews and activity on the forum is practically nonexistent?

I call for one of those "Hurt & Heal" type games, but with POI characters. ^__^
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We must do something to get it a higher rating, it's totally unfair for it to be on #8.... Maybe if we set the forum on fire ;)
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Frankly I'm surprised it isn't #1!!
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As much as I love this show, I doubt it's ever going to beat Big Bang Theory in terms of popularity. I'm quite surprised Grey's is beating that show on this site. Must be a glitch or something.
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I love the darkness and complexity in PoI, the more complex it gets the more addicted I become! A show that's too predictable and easy to follow can't hold my interest for long. And let's not forget the Bourne Identity movies for instance, that were complex as hell and still blockbusters. You just have to know how to sell it, PoI definitely knows that imo! And I find Reese has a lot of similarities with Bourne, esp. in the action scenes, Caviezel nails it every time.
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Nope, Grey's beating POI is actually quite predictable given the demographics who watch that show. Not to insult the fans of Grey's or anything, but nearly all of my college-aged friends watch Grey's and don't even bother with Person of Interest, a show which they conclude is "too difficult to follow."

SMH...
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I think I just caught my breath after Thursday's POI! Yikes! What a superb episode. Everyone's pretty much said what is relevant already but a couple of thoughts:
- Kudos to Taraji Henson for a fantastic performance under unreal conditions!
- So glad Fusco finally got the (hot) girl! Lord knows, he was overdue!
- What the heck is Kara Stanton up to??? Reese told her in China that Snow had ordered them each to kill one another so she knows Reese is innocent. Is she saving Reese to join up with her to do something with Snow in retaliation? I never know where POI writers minds are going which is all the fun with this great young show!
- Waiting 2 weeks for the next episode is torture after watching "Prisoner's Dilemna!"
PS - Loved Finch playing "Dirty Harold" with the grenade launcher to save Reese!
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The waiting two weeks part is the only thing that sucks... Everything else was perfect!
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Damn. Just damn. This. This WAS the BEST episode of the season so far and unquestionably one of the best if not the best episode of the series so far!!! You hit on all the key words! I was riveted, enthralled, intrigued,breathless, and on the edge of my seat greedily consuming the sheer awesomness for all it was worth. My Thursday night tv tends to rock my tv addicted world, but man was it some top notch television that week.
-The sheer intensity of the episode was jaw dropping. Like they gave us so much w/o actually making it all fast paced like it usually is. This show knows what it is and it sticks to that, and it has reached its stride and just keeps on moving. There are no weak elements to it anymore. Not one. Can't think of any.
- Carter was a BADASS. Like she was definitely that way last episode, but she was badass, intense, and so vulnerable. This was Taraji P. Henson at her best. She's a fantastic actress and sometimes it would feel like they wouldn't give her character as much to work with, which was a shame, because it's an insult to her amazingness, but finally she's finally getting somewhere and having all this depth and I'm so loving it. I'm always a huge fan of Carter and Reese scenes. It's the banter they have going on and everything....they just have a great rapport, but these were easily some of the best Carter and Reese scenes on the show ever!! Her carefully treading around exposing him but still trying to learn more about him, while she has Finch in one ear and Donnolly in the other. The level of vulnerability he had with her. The mutual trust they share. Nuanced performances at their finest. The scene where they met outside before they were caught. These two have come a long way...and it was never more evident than in that moment...her risking everything for a cause she wouldn't have initially believed in and defied her morals....him apologizing for dragging her into the mess with such sincerity. I'm a sucker for compicated bonds and dynamics and they have a damn good one. Same with Reese and Finch. And a blossoming one with Finch and Carter.
- Finch has been so badass the past few episodes it has made me smile. Michael Emerson continues to be amazing. I mean the sheer fantasticness of that backstory he gave Reese...hell, mine isn't that solid and it's real! I laughed out loud at him getting his gun ready...something Finch never would have done before, and the relief, awe, pride, respect...he had when he heard Carter had the situation handled. They have all come a long way. Such amazing characters, and I love them all interacting more with one another. This cast is the best.
-Fusco. How freaking adorable was Fusco? He did in fact add the comic relief that this show typically has, but the others weren't in the position to carry, and he made his presence known in the few minutes he was on. I adore him. I truly do.
- I was so unbelievably excited to see my favorite baddie, Elias, inn the mix and being helpful, which wasn't at all a surprise. It's hard to not like Elias because he has this old school Mafia vibe, that you can't help but respect. Honor among thieves or whatever. Loved it. And Kara being back and in the picture. Ugh that ending surprised me. I didn't expect it at all. Man, I love this show!!
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Okay now that I've recovered from the shock (in a good way of course) I can comment in more detail.

Harold is a genius, we all knew that but still, it was immensely cool and exhilarating to watch him back-fill the information in real time while Donnelly was searching the database. And the scene towards the end with the grenade launcher, it was at once funny and very moving, because he was ready to go in there and do what he knew was impossible, so as not to leave John in prison.

I don't like Stanton one bit, and from the flashbacks in this epi it's pretty clear that she was borderline sexually harassing Reese - he had to sleep with her to prove he loves his job, and since his evaluation (therefore his life) pretty much depended on Kara, he had no other choice but to consent. You don't just go to the CIA and say "it was nice while it lasted but I decided I don't like the job, so I quit"... Quitting would mean being assassinated. And Reese's humanity which she loathed, was what saved her life in the end. If John had been the killer she demanded of him, he would've pulled the trigger no questions asked. If anything this episode revealed the highly problematic relationship between Reese and Stanton, and this will most likely play out in the next episode. We have no idea what it might amount to in current time. Stanton is unpredictable and she enjoys the power of killing a little too much, she's a loose cannon. So it could go either way.

I like the idea of Donnelly not being dead, I really like that character, he's a good guy willing to risk his life and go to every length so that he can catch the bad guys. He just has a false opinion about who the bad guys are. If he survives the shooting, maybe Harold's call can change his mind? I hope we see him again. And maybe even, that he becomes an additional member of the team (that's too much to ask for though, I know).

It's generally way too soon for Reese to acquire a love interest, let alone get in a relationship - remember all the painful conversation about Jessica/Ally in the interrogation room? To me that proves the wound is still too fresh, and Reese is not ready to be committed to someone else emotionally. And Carter-Reese, I don't support that, don't get me wrong Carter is super-cool, but it would ruin the dynamics of the team. We'd never be able to see them the same way again, the tension would just disappear, and Carter's character would suffer for it. Reese will always be a main character, but think about how less interesting Carter will be if all that tension and mystery between her and John are gone... I prefer her the way she is right now, a loyal friend and partner. And a badass cop!

I liked Fusco's comic scenes, and jokes aside it's the second time he's put his life on the line to save a PoI (in the Lone Wolf & Cub epi he took a bullet to save the kid), so he turns out to be a misunderstood, everyday hero of a kind! And he got a little appreciation for his trouble (the kiss scene, so funny!), plus he was able to show even more initiative than the previous episode. I'm liking Fusco more and more!

Another killer episode, and it's got us totally wired for the next one - can't wait!!
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You're entire paragraph on Stanton is spot on and better said then I've been saying for days. Stanton is a frighening person and I felt bad for John knowing the abuse she's put him through. And she's going to be none to happy when she learns he was supressing his true nature to her when he reacts badly to what ever she is going to ask him to do.
I can't thumb-up your post, however, because I do want a Reese/Carter paring in a couple of seasons, after Reese has delt with his issues and I don't think it would cause the character of Carter to suffer in the least. They have the bones of that relationship now with the deep caring and trust they have for each other while being characters who find it hard to trust anyone.
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I agree with the Reese/Carter pairing as well; complicated relationships is what drives drama on television! I simply adore this show so I don't care what direction it goes in, as long as they keep similar dynamics that make it as good as it is!
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Okay the system seems to have eaten my entire reply - which in a nutshell was, that I would like Reese to remain a lone wolf for now, and not engage in a relationship, and that even though I don't actively support a Carter-Reese hookup, I could get used to it if they played their cards right. Both Henson and Caviezel are amazing actors, and they could make it work provided that the writing behind such an attempt was solid. We'll cross that bridge if/when we get there I suppose.
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Yes, I want Reese to remain a Loan Wolf for now too. That's why I said in a couple of seasons. He needs to finish healing.
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Should I be worried about a potential Reese/Carter hook-up? I don't know, I just don't want the amazing chemistry they have together to be placed in jeopardy. Things would be different, and it could literally make or break their professional relationship...
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I don't think Reese and Carter will ever become more than great friends. Reese has met a few hot women during the course of the show and he's going to keep meeting them, but I don't think he's met "the one" just yet. Sarah Shahi's character sounds like a mentally stable version of Stanton, she can take care of herself, so maybe it's who Reese ends up with.
She sounds like a good match for him to me so far.
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I'm sure there will be some sexual tension with Sarah Shahi, maybe even some flirting like there was with Zoe, but I doubt the writers will take it any further at this point. Unless of course they're going in a "24" direction and we get a doomed love/hate relationship between two worked up spies, like Jack Bauer and Nina Myers. I'd prefer it though, if nothing romantic happened at this point, the show isn't even beginning to peak its character development and to strain its tension points yet. I'd like that to happen somewhere around the end of season 3 or in season 4.
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Agree with everything!!!
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Awesome episode!!! it was a like a really good movie. can't wait for the next one.
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Loved the episode so much. It never seizes to amaze me how the writers come up with new great ways of surprising and entertaining us, even when they don't appear to be at their best, which was certainly not the case with this episode ;-)
The interrogation scenes where so good, I hung on every word, every slight shift in facial expressions. However I don't agree with what some of you are saying about Reese and Carter getting together. I just don't see that happening, and hope it wont, it would totally ruin their chemistry.
Neither do I see Reese and Kara hooking up again, too much bad blood and plus - girl's completely off the wagon. I find it extremely hard to believe that Reese would ever willingly agree to whatever it is she has planned for him. But I fully expect her to use Carter to ensure she gets her way in the end, and seeing Reese's reaction to that is going to be interesting.
I wouldn't mind seeing Reese get some though. As long as it's just a physical relationship, we don't need him to get all mushy on us. And he and Zoe are already perfecty set up for that, she's not the relationship type either. And let's not forget that wonderful moment in "The High Road" when she asked if they should stay one more night. We never got to know what he answered.
I must confess I didn't really like Lionel in the beginning. I enjoyed his grudgy comments and his general confusion always made for a good laugh, but I found him a little dull and simple.
I wasn't much of a fan of Carter's either, she felt exaggerated and overplayed. But over time, especially the last few episodes of season 1 and most of season 2 so far, I've come to really like them both. Lionel has become a complex, deep person that somehow manages to keep several balls rolling simultaniousley, as he always seems to have multiple tasks going on.
Carter has become a softer, quieter and more tractable person and I have to say Taraji really shined in the interrogation scenes this week.
I'm actually glad to see Donnelly gone, not because I didn't like him but just because I like the change and look forward to seeing where it will take us.
I feel that this show has a little too many strands of villainy going on at the same time. I can hardly remember all of them, and even though they're not all active at the same time we still have to commit them to memory because we know they'll be back at some point, and seriously, there is such a thing as too much information. I know that a well designed labyrinth can make for a spectacular game so I'm really making an effort to keep up with the details, but it is getting pretty crowded. Just sayin.

On a completely different note: am I the only one who thought The Machines efforts to get Donnelly's social to Finch where a little pressing? Almost like it was trying, in it's own way, to protect Reese? In the beginning of the episode we saw it "investigate" Reese's situation and keep tabs on him. Was Donnelly's life being threatened really relevant enough for him to jump to the top of the list if Reese and Carter hadn't been there too?
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I'm one of the people who loves the multiple villains in the show, and the randomness in which they appear really sells it for me. Being the super villains they are, they appear/disappear at just the right time, and they all have an interesting story or personality. To me, it's one of the only ways to keep the show as entertaining, because Team Reese is so good at what they do, they require more than one main villain, and on top of that, the villains have to be as complex/smart as the good guys are. So, regardless of what Kara has done, and more pointedly because of what she has done, I enjoy her character and can't wait to see how she's going to escalate things.

I admire Donnelly's persistence, but I actually tended to dislike him more and more. It's likely due to how close he came in actually taking John and Carter down. Another well written, complex character who really suprised me at the end when he nabbed half of Team Reese.

The machine was definitely pressing, as it knew it's assets were in danger yet again, and it could actually do something to help this time. It basically had to sit thru the whole interrogation and possible exposure of Reese to seeing him and Carter caught when it seemed as if they were in the clear. It also shows how quick The Machine is at processing data, as Kara didn't have alot of time to put together a plan to cap Donnelly. The Machine, whether Finch wants it to or not, has taken an intrest in its daddy and surrogate family.
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I absolutely agree that there needs to be multiple villains and that they need to be smart. I have no complaints about the stories or the villain appearences, they have all been great. What I find frustrating is that none on them are ever fully resolved, while new villains continue to be introduced.
So what are they gonna do at the end of the entire series, put all (presumably 50) of them together and have Reese in the middle with two machine guns?
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The show will never end :D Realistically, I think they'll resolve the HR plot first. Elias, if he ever buys the farm, will surely have a season centered around him before they do that. After typing that, however, I begin to wonder if it is really necessary for characters like Elias and Root to be killed off. HR definitely has story potential for years to come, so eliminating them doesn't guarantee a better show either. Maybe that's how the show will go out? With villains teaming up and defeating the heroes.......
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The Machine could be trying to protect Harold, since he was just about ready to chase after Donnelly and try to save the day - but you make an interesting remark, whether the Machine is starting to show some characteristics of humanity or whether keeping John alive is part of some bigger plan. We still don't know for instance. why Alicia ordered John and Kara to be killed, but we know it had something to do with the machine.
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In "Contingency" when Reese had his "negotiations" with The Machine he basically asked it what it would do if noone was there to interpret the numbers. I don't think it's that big of a stretch to think that The Machine might have realized it needs them both, and therefor might be keeping a closer eye on them than before.
Well, either way, it's interesting to speculate, but I don't think we're gonna get the answers any time soon, and I don't think they're gonna be entirely what we expect.
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That's the only thing we can be sure of - that we can't be sure of anything! If nothing more this epi proved it
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In the producers' commentary on the pilot episode, Nolan said that he had difficulty pacing a television show, as opposed to a movie. Prisoner' s Dilemma proves that he has found the perfect timing and story pacing for television. The rapport between Carter and Reese during the interrogation scene was perfect. John' s answers about "Allison" were so poignant because they represented what John wished had happened with Jessica. The look on Carter' s face indicated that she understood, even though John probably doesn't know how much information she has about Jessica. Brilliant writing and wonderful execution by the actors.
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THIS WAS SO AWESOME. MY HEAD JUST EXPLODED!!
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An amazing episode. As you said, Tim, I kept thinking it was over and realized there was still time left and a completely new arc out of the blue. I didn't see Donnelly surprising Carter and John on the bridge AT ALL, and then it went on from there to be even more. I knew there had to be a reason they were bringing in the flash backs with Stanton, but they played it in really well with the interrogation and digging up the past while trying to find 'the man in the suit'.

The Fusco part was brilliant. Admittedly it was a bit weird the way it was interspersed with all the seriousness, but it truly was hilarious, especially the Armenian shootout, Kurkova's "No, Fusco! Leave me!" type over-the-top (intentional) acting, as well as him standing up and going ballistic, so to speak, with the two pistols. Too funny!
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I agree with Writerpatrick below............ awesome episode but also felt the comedy was out of place. It could have been darker. Fusco was in a life-threatening situation, and that could have been a tension builder. The comedy angle kind of made everything, including Reese's situation, a little less important.
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One of the best Person of Interest since Contingency and Bad Code. Had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Goodness, Stanton has Reese. Can't wait till the 31st.
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Reese needs to stop getting captured already!
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To the contrary, my friend! These mini rescue arcs are phenomenal. First, Finch needs saving from Root, now Reese from Stanton, and soon enough, Quinn/HR will kidnap Fusco and he'll need saving. ;)
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LOL. You may be right about Fusco, but then again, he does seem to be on top of his game right now. And for some reason, HR hasn't moved on him yet. I thought it was coming many weeks ago, especially after all of Fusco's talk of wanting out and reluctance to do any job handed to him. Not only that, he was pretty abrasive to his 'handler' on multiple occassions. Maybe because they're so down in numbers, they're letting Fusco think he's in the clear. By mid season next year, i'm sure he'll be put in a noose over a shark tank and Reese and Carter will be thinking up some way to save him :D
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Wonder if the FBI involvement will decrease now that Donnelly is gone. Donnelly could had developed and saw the bigger picture. But I will miss him as a lot of people have had a love-hate relationship with him or the FBI or any other law enforcement. It was nice to see Fusco really be a hero and not just a rogue cop. As he is developing nicely. Plus as a comic relief!
Carter and Reese should had waited a couple of days to reunite and not just in the last minute where Donnelly caught them and was transporting them.
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I feel so bad for Fusco. He made some poor decisions, admittedly, but he really wants to be a good cop. Unfortunately, the stars are not aligned properly, and he'll probably be close to digging his own grave before John gets him free of HR. As a side note, I can't tell if Finch and Reese really have grown to like Fusco, or if they see him more as a tool than an actual person. Some episodes, it seems Fusco is just an accessory and not given info like Carter is.

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When I first started watching POI I thought Fusco was a dispensable character now I realise i had not taken in to consideration the actor that played the role, he is amazing. I am am a shallow person and generally I have to fancy a character to rave about them. Well this is the exception to the rule. I know this sounds like a back handed compliment but honestly it is not. Kevin Chapman is a bona fide great actor and he has single handely ( if there s such a word) made the character of Fusco indispensable to the show.So Kudos to Kevin Chapman he absolutely deserves it!
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I agree with everybody. This was definitely the best episode of POI yet. It pretty much had everything going for it, and used everyone, including old and new enemies, smartly. I would have to disagree with Tim about the way Hersh got into the same prison as Reese ludicrous. To me, given how powerful these enemies of Finch and Reese are with Pennsylvania two among others, it was easily plausible. Hersh knew exactly what he was doing and where he was going because it was all prearranged. You just gotta have a better understanding of what some of these people are capable of.
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I also loved this episode, so much fun! However, some comments:

- I didn´t think the flashbacks added much to what we knew. There was more info in Carter-Reese conversations. A lot more. I actually found the flashbacks a bit boring.

- I am amazed that nobody is considering Reese-Carter as a posible couple. I like Zoe anyways, so no issue. Just amazed of people not even considering.

- Maybe the episode was more about Reese, but he was not at all in control of the situation. Finch was. He was amazing and really funny with the emergency rescue plan LOL. I think the show is not Reese's show. He is one from a time of 4 right now. Fusco was amazing! :D

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I don't want to see a Carter/Reese relationship because I don't want to see them having awkward moments in the field or talking cute to eachother when discussing strategy. I see enough of that on Nikita, and when it's anyone other than Michael and Nikita doing it, it is terrible. Honestly, I don't want a softer Reese. I like him as a badass avenging hero, and a relationship with another show regular would take that away. Having a one night stand or getting involved with someone like Zoe, who comes and goes, is how I prefer to see his love life handled.
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I like badass Carter better than soft Carter too, so no issue - now, if they are going to make him give his heart to somebody again after loosing his girlfriend, they can consider as well Carter, but in 4 or 5 seasons from no LOL
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I think Reese/Carter is the way they'll go eventually but not till late season 3 or 4. And personally I do want that to happen. Their scenes together are riviting.
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I think the same way, it would make sense to develop that relationship through a few seasons of trust, etc, and that leaves space for him to have other stories in the meantime. But you never know :) Another hot lady is joining next season!
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I assume by "hot lady" you mean Sarah Shahi? Because she's joining the cast for a recurring basis in episode 16 of this season. :D
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I meant her, yes
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Out of all the television show that I watch (and its a long list believe me) POI just may be my favorite. And this episode is why. It just makes good television look so easy. Great review - and thanks for the song clip :)
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Best episode this season and perhaps overall
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Zoe and Reese got chemistry....but Reese and K/Cara Stanton got physics....and I wouldn't mess with either. I think she doesn't wanna kill Reese,she just want to find out who ordered them dead (by each other).

After all Reese DID tell her that they got the same orders.Maybe she will try to recruit Reese so they both can go HAM on the people who wanted them dead (I'd see that but it will mess up with the Finch/Reese dynamics).
Fusco and the supermodel was a meh! comic relief until I saw Finch with a gun ready to rescue Reese. BTW after all that personal exchange between Carter and Reese I hope the writers never try to couple them up.The vibe I get from their relationship is of great baby sister and her awesome big brob.
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I don't think there's a serious possibility of Reese and Stanton ever being anything than a tangled situation that will be resolved soon, she seemed to be forcing things a lot when they were working together, and using her position to get Reese to sleep with her. Plus, judging by the interrogation scenes, Reese is still in great pain over losing Jessica. It's generally too soon to discuss him being in a relationship, imo.

I agree on Reese and Carter not being good as a couple, their chemistry works just fine the way it is, I also hope the writers keep it that way.
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I don't see Reese helping Kara unless he's forced to. The flashbacks made it appear to me that he's afraid of her and that he was willing to do the job because it had to be done but got no joy from it like she did. He found it as a way of helping people, his mission in life. She saw it as a way of getting her jollies. He's stated on other occasions that he doesn't take people trying to kill him personally (like in Triggerman) so I don't see him desiring revenge even if the answer is known. And since the answer probally connects to the machine even less so.
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I meant big bro! .. (REPLY-REMOVE- where is EDIT option??.."WE" probably could use one!).
Upon second viewing I had an idea "what if Donnely is not actually dead?" what if he survives Kara's shot. He might be grateful for Finch's phone call..maybe he'll start to concentrate on the secret-private-intelligence-people that wants Reese dead...but then I thought of the opening sequence ....,"hunted by the authorities,.."who the heck will be the authorities?.."Kara kinda took care of the CIA "authorities".i guess in the next episode we will meet a new FBI suit.
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As soon as John kneecapps another New Yorker all law enforcement agencies will know that Packer was not really the Man in a Suit and the hunt for John will start all over again with new schumcks.
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Don't forget NSA and their henchman Hersch,and others.
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I might be wrong but Donnely might not be dead. I rewatched that scene and Stanton didn`t shoot him in the head (all the wounds were from the car crash) so if he wore a vest as protection (he was going after the man in the suit after all) he still might survive this whole mess, especially if Fusco is near by and helps him and maybe saves Carter too (I am more concerned with her well being than anything else right now)

Also, loved the episode especially Fusco, he is just what this show needs in order not to become too serious or dark at times.
About the meeting between Reese and Carter in the end... at first I thought that he made the same mistake as in the 10th episode - first season, when he got Carter involved and got shot, (I was like, why on earth did you go meet her??? in a public place???), but they were all meeting there so it was actually lucky that Donnely didn`t wait longer till Fusco and Finch got there too. I still don`t get it why they weren`t more careful...especially Finch, the paranoid one, or Reese the trained to foresee these things one.
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Donnely's dead, a screenshot shows him with two bullet holes in his head and his eyes open in death. As far as Reese and Carter, I think Reese knew better, but let his emotions get in the way, part of the reason he said "It was his fault."
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I agree that Donnelly's probably dead, but the scene was sort of weird. We only see Stanton's gun, but it's just assumed she aimed for Donnelly's head. Well, Stanton fired two shots, and Donnelly can clearly be heard grunting after both shots, which felt really weird especially if she *was* aiming for his head.
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I don't think they were all meeting there. I think that Finch knew there was a problem and was now summing Fusco's help. I think that Carter messed up. She knew the path that Reese would have to take walking out of the jail down the bridge and waited for him, probally to give him a lift home.

I also don't think that they will keep Donnelly alive. Afterall, the machine did flag him as a murder victum. If kara had just intened to incapasatate him long enough to get Reese then the machine wouldn't have had to send his number in. He needed to go too, as a plot device to asure that Carter wasn't discoverd to be working with John. They probally just didn't do the make-up job on the actor. They didn't do it for Jim either with the needle stick Kara gave him (and as an OR nurse there should have been a trickle of blood where she had stabbed him with the needle). Kara would have also known that law enforcement do tend to ware vests so she'd never shoot him there anyway.
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Yeah...you are probably right about everything (lol...I watched the whole episode again and boy I got it wrong about Fusco and Finch)... I don't know who decided to meet who for sure but it makes more sense for Carter to wait for Reese (I just didn't assume that that bridge was anywhere close to the prison).

Donnely had actually less blood on his forehead after he was shot than before but his eyes were open so it must mean he was dead... i just wish they'd pay more attention to these type of details.

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In a show like this, where the writers love playing around with the formula (whether it's through the episode's tone, playing around with the character dynamics like they have these last couple episodes, or simply shifting from an episode focusing on the person of interest to one progressing the main story arc), there are bound to be times where it results in an episode you don't particularly care for as much as others. For me, last week's episode was like this. I loved certain elements of the episode, and actually did enjoy it (a lot more than Tim seemed to from his review), but it wasn't quite as good as I have come to expect from this show. Usually, however, we seem to get great episodes week after week. And then and episode like this comes along, and it would be enough to make you forgive the writers even if they had created an episode which was bad (not just by Person of Interest terms, but bad in general), because it's so well done. I don't know if I'd say it's my favorite episode of the series, but it's definitely up there, probably top 5 at least. I agree with a lot of what Tim says in this review. The prison and interrogation scenes were so fun to watch. I loved the way they handled Carter's interrogations of Reese, putting her between receiving orders from Donnelly and receiving counter-orders from Finch, and making it believable that Donnelly wouldn't catch on (at least until Carter slipped up at the end). I absolutely loved Fusco in this episode as well. It seems like the writers have gotten a lot better at using his characters in these past couple episodes, and with Reese (and presumably Carter) captured, there's a good chance that that will continue in at least one more episode, which makes me so happy. I loved his scenes in this episode. It was kind of like they were showing highlights of an over-the-top action movie, and I loved every scene. It really had me cracking up every time he was on screen, and for such a serious episode, that was definitely needed, and actually didn't feel too out of place for me, despite the scenes being thrown in randomly. I'd say the one big issue I had with this episode were the flashback. Not actually the flashbacks themselves, but the fact that they made Stanton's return way too obvious.
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I think the lady at at the office of Special Council was root, because we saw her tracking down people with connection to the machine, and maybe she is working there undercover to get more information
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Root has changed her hair back to the short red she had as a child now that Hanna has been found. Ie she no longer needs to emulate her friend. Someone suggested on the Facebook site that the person was Kara, which would make more sense as Kara could have read the brief and known where Reese was now.
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That would be a great twist!
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I thought about that too, definately looked like her, despite the fact that we couldn't see her face. And it makes sense that she would keep herself close to the big players.
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Absolutely awesome episode. Oh my God, Carter !!!!
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The whole thing felt like a season or midseason finale, and a damn great one at that.
It was brilliant, something really special, a benchmark for other procedurals.
It was a bit weird having a real Victoria's Secret model play herself.
Not that she showed up at all, because the VS fashion shows air on CBS, but that she played her actual self. For what reason? What purpose? Was that really necessary?
Either way, it was ridiculous self-aware fun. Jam-packed with awesomeness.
I thought it was gonna end with John's and Carter's talk, and I would been very pleased with that, but I looked at the time and there were still 10 minutes of greatness left.
Lesson for all of us (but especially you, Tim): Never doubt this show.
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This is just one of those shows that deserve a f*** yes! It's so damn good. There's rarely a moment that writers miss from Bear missing Reese (which was totally adorbs, BTW!) to Finch getting ready to break John out to Elias watching out for Reese but letting him get the tar kicked out of him. And I should have expected that Finch would get Donnelly's number in the end but damn did I not see that coming. Love. This. Show.
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*correction: I meant food cart, "food stand" is the literal translation from the german word (sry!)
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You just missed one little scene where Fusco and the Model ran from the armenian (?) mob and he asked her "why do they want you dead?" (or something like that) and they hid behind a food stand right when Finch called asking Fusco for help. :)
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Spot on, Tim. It was totes amazeballs! Fusco getting the POI case was an absolutely awesome two minute turn of events!
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I watch a lot of shows in comparison with my friends. And I usually shut up about it and that's just fine... But once in a while there a episodes you just have to let everybody know that they are missing out on great television. This was such an episode....

So my friends had to listen to me go on about two shows this weak. First the season 4 premiere of Justified, which I consider to be the best show on tv. And then again on friday about this Person of Interest episode.

Last weeks lack of backstory was to be expected as I think they wil keep Finch much more elusive than Reese, but the amount of backstory this week and the way it was shown was top notch.

It's very hard to explain to people who don't follow POI how satisfying it can be if aa episode makes it all come together and create the near perfect episode. I won't go into too much details about the episode itself because most of it has been said already, but the way POI can bring all characters, past events and plotlines together is really unique. I also love that the characters stay true to their nature... Carter was Carter, Elias was Elias, etc.

Also Fusco... I like Fusco and his adventures this episode was a nice way to have his moment of recognition...
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Now that's what I'm talking about! Last week I commented that it was unfortunate that the writers didn't really do anything interesting while John was in prison, but they more than made up for it with this fantastic episode. There were two different jail gangs at play, plus an assassin who got arrested just to try and kill John. I almost smacked myself on the head when I saw Elias, because obviously Elias is in prison, and the episode takes place in the same prison, so he better be shown somehow. And I really liked the way they included him in the action. Elias has always struck me as a classy gangster, someone who values respect and honor. So I really liked the fact that he helped John, because after all he does like and admire him a lot.

In a weird way I don't have that much to say about this episode, because it was so good. They really pulled out all the stops, even kinda having a prison break, in the sense that Finch was all geared up and had some fun looking at blueprints. And even though Fusco had nothing to do with anything important, he had probably the most action packed, enjoyable, and rewarding time of all. I was very pleased.

In terms of what's to come, I don't see this new Stanton/John situation being like Root and Finch. First of all, Root straight up kidnapped Finch at gunpoint, while Stanton arguably saved John from going to jail. Also unlike Root, she and John have very similar goals. While Root wanted to get control of the machine, at least it seems that Stanton just wants revenge on the people who tried to have her killed. And since they also tried to have John killed, in her mind they have a common enemy. So really the only conflict they'll have will depend on whether a. she keeps him locked up, or more importantly b. she does something to Carter. Honestly, this is one of those situations where both parties have the exact same interests. And since John has been dropping bodies left and right since day one of this show, he shouldn't have any of the usual qualms that TV characters have in this situation, and should be perfectly fine with killing the people who tried to, and are still trying, to kill him.
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April is right. Kara is a threat to John; and she did kidnap him at gun point (and syringe point) just like Root kidnapped Finch. The fact that she just happened to save him and Carter from arrest was irrelevant. The jist of the flashback storyline this episode was to show that although John was willing to do his job he was not into killing like Kara was. He had to learn to hid that fact from Kara to keep himself alive because she was getting so frustrated with his true personality she was ready to off him and get someone new. He's stated that he doesn't enjoy killing people but is very good at it. He does it when it's necessary. He's also stated that he won't necessarailly kill anyone just because they've tried to kill him. However, Kara will probably be taking Carter with her also and use her as the leverage she needs to get John to do her bidding.
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Interesting take on Stanton and Reese, I find Stanton much more dangerous and a definite threat to John.
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I'm still not recovered from how amazingly, unbelievably awesome this episode was!!! All the best elements of PoI in one episode, and one hell of a cliffhanger in the end!!! Absolutely can't wait for next week, episode 13 just can't arrive too soon...
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Next new episode, 1/31/13. Short hiatus.
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A "short hiatus" lasting three weeks after a previous "short hiatus" which also lasted three weeks, and the first of two hiatuses only ended two weeks ago. This is diabolical torture on the part of CBS!
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And by way of hiatuses we basically got two mid-season finales instead of one! Let's hope they don't do it again though... I'll chew my nails off my fingers :p
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Yeah, I just read that.... :-/
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oh god! that's like 3 weeks.. :/
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Amazing episode! They could have taken the easy way out, particularly by having Donnelly believe the hanged convict was 'the man in the suit' but the writers/producers continue to impress. Obviously the show's actors sell it all, and seeing all the people John has met along the way (Elias in particular) really make for riveting television. Who's got a better rogue's gallery than John? This show is off the chain.
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Too true, all of your comments.
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If found the comedy bits a bit out-of-place. They were just a little too over the top. And Finch dressed to break out Reese was out of character. He would have hired someone to do the job.
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Besides, that was supposed to be an unpredictable situation, and even if he could have trusted an outsider to help with such a delicate affair (which he wouldn't, but for the sake of conversation) he wouldn't have had time to set anything up.
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The only competent person Finch knows who could break Reese out of prison, is Reese. They have too much respect for each other, Finch would feel he needed to do (lead) the job himself! And the disappointment/relief look on his face when Carter told him she had handled it was PRICELESS!
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"And Finch dressed to break out Reese was out of character. He would have hired someone to do the job."

Who? Fusco was busy protecting the model, Carter was also preoccupied, and I don't think Bear was in the mood. (Kidding!) Obviously, it was a task that only Finch and his most-trustworthy allies could deal with, and it wasn't out of character, either, because Finch has demonstrated in the past just how much he cares about Reese.

Bromance. <3
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AWWW, yeah.
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This is the best TV episode in 2013 so far. You never expected the plot going this intense and craziness like this in the middle of its season.
Just like the title, you can enjoy the rival conversation b/w John & Carter...smart, hilarious and emotional. At the end, the tiger, john's ex-"partner" came out of her closet to give us a taste of what to expect for next episode. It's genius I end this episode like this....omg!!!
I was surprise by the guest Kurkova...damn I felt this tv is so real haha because she is playing herself in the show.
However, her time with Fusco is a little bit too short to make a good scene....she is hot nevertheless, so whatever.
The main plot is in prison & it is absolutely epic so I would give this episode 5/5 :))
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This episode was AWESOME. I'm not sure it was PERFECT, but it was definitely AWESOME.

"Pardon the interruption detective, but I thought now might be a good time to test my access to the building's fire alarms."

"Hold that thought, detective. It's a tad difficult to create an entire person. May take me a moment."

Finch, you're a riot.
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And Elias' "To me, you'll always be the man who came out of nowhere and saved my life".
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I loved it when Reese said to Stanton:

"It's my first triple homicide. Didn't know I was supposed to prepare jokes."
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Of course Finch is a riot. He was even wearing riot gear in preparation for himself.
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Both of those lines were great!!!

I also loved Carter's "and you own me a phone!"
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